THE POLICING OF FAMILIES. By Jacqztes Donzelot. New York: Random. House, , pp., $ (paperback). In this scholarly book, Donzelot. The Policing of Families(first published in French in [English edition, ]) is Jacques Donzelot’s best-known book and a crucial point of reference in. In an analysis that adds to the growing debate on tensions between the modern state and the family, Professor Donzelot (Sociology, Nanterre).

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The family appears again as a key object in the mid s, as Foucault battles the Marxist conceptualisation of the state.

Showing of 2 reviews. Professional expertise and philanthropy provided home aid for families in need, coupled with an investigation into the reality of their thf.


Donzelot set himself against discourses that positioned social work as a progressive, scientific response to social problems. Foucault describes how the family has a sin- gular capability to be retained within our very affect, shaping the way in which we know how to live, to feel peace or anguish, to meet the eyes of a friend or a stranger.

And jacquex and behold, from the mid- nineteenth century onwards the family engaged in searching out the slightest traces of sexuality in its midst. Illustrating this claim, Bell focuses on incest as a potential sexual activ- ity located between systems of alliance and the apparatus of sexuality.

Judith rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Treating the family as a focal point of multiple social practices and discourses, Donzelot examines the role of philanthropy, social work, compulsory mass education, and psychiatry in the control of family life and describes the transformation of mothers into agents of the state.

Could there be power dynamics in the micro-physics of the way in which I care ronzelot my infant? Yet by the s, Foucault wishes to illustrate, using the family, the importance of practices of self as providing a fundamental mediator between power and the formation policinh subjectivity. Po-hsi rated it it was amazing Aug 26, The result of his focus on official, prescriptive texts was a profound political and social theory of the family as a site in which future citizens are subjected to physical surveillance and social normalisation.

A student and colleague of Michel Foucault shows how public intervention in family affairs since the eighteenth century effected radical changes in a traditionally private domain. Yet, when Donzelot forgets to describe how individuals interact with these structures, he passes from a structuralism of method to a structuralist metaphysics in which the same thing is always reproduced.


Even now, I know nothing. Harshita marked it as to-read Dec 01, On the one hand, Foucault discerns the way in which the family became a point of intervention and an object of knowledge — how social politics impact family structure and dynamics through legal judgments, medical interventions, social work, and many other mechanisms and institutions.

This section presents three profiles that enable us to understand the features of the different worlds that intersected and collaborated in the political project: KIRKUS REVIEW In an poolicing that adds to the growing debate on tensions between the modern state and the family, Professor Donzelot Sociology, Nanterre studies 1 how the state effected a penetration teh the family–how we went from being a “”government of families to a government through the family””; and 2 the rise of social welfare institutions from being viewed as embarrassments to the state concerned only with dire poverty, leprosy, insanity to being seen as a cause for national pride in terms of services offered and numbers treated.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Others deemed them reductionist and too violent towards grassroots social workers. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Donzelot’s historical review of the French government’s attempt to engineer society donzzelot force homogenization of family structures is not only a message of the historical conditions of the early s. In this sense, understanding the action towards the family and the bourgeois or proletarian forms of family towards the institutions is a basic political issue.

Such a tie appeared and appears to us today as inevitable and natural, but Foucault is insistent that the position of the family as the origin and ultimate goal of desire is a contingent historical construction.

Mar 10, Jessica Zu rated it really liked it. The intellectual and professional vanguard Before the s, little specific expertise was needed to engage in social work in France. A system of tutelage is established through social work and oriented toward the lower classes, and a system of control by contract is aimed at the middle and upper classes and effected through the currency of psychoanalysis. It is also an intimidating description of what can happen when social engineering goes bad.

Muriel marked it as to-read Dec 10, ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Review “This is a superb book, an absolutely indispensable book, which cuts through old debates about the family and helps put the whole subject on a new footing.


Thus, relations of sex, Foucault suggests, gave rise to two systems: Moreover, the number of social workers in France exploded in this period: However, Thom donzelkt, the experience of particular subjects of their families and the psychological and social forces that they navigate do not receive sustained conceptualisation or elaboration by Foucault at a theoretical level. But the focus of his work — on major public institutions — tracks exactly the issues that feminism forced conventionally masculinised social studies to face.

Pierre Bourdieu, The Rules of Art: Some agreed with them and were the audience for the discourses that Foucault inspired. Both the family and Foucauldean thought often stand as idealised objects in academic discourse, thanks to the operation of something akin to an obsessional neurosis.

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The direct conjunction of Foucault and the family risks the heartbreak of showing our ideals and our safety to have been in ruins all along. Ren Yellam is currently popicing it Apr 05, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Corresponding to our twin goals, this volume is divided into two parts: A crucial part of this operation is through the classification of service-users?

Patrick rated it really liked it Apr 12, Renan Virginio marked it as to-read Jan 23, There was a problem adding your email address. In presenting this analysis she explains why neoliberal discourses call both for a further liberalisa- tion and a re-moralisation of our lives: Broadsnark marked it as to-read May 10, No portion of this publication may be reproduced, copied or transmitted save with written permission or in familiew with the provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Actor under the terms of any licence permitting limited copying issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency, Saffron House, 6—10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS.

This autonomy allows for forms of resistance to the institutions.